Monthly Archives: January 2009

Learning how to Think Atheist

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The members of the Think Atheist social network are dedicated to intelligent philosophical discussion from an atheist perspective.

They feature videos of established lecturers commenting on subjects like the faith/reason clash and evolution, famous atheism quotations and writings at greater length, and plenty of involved debate and commentary. Just don’t forget your thinking cap, since Think Atheist has only grown in depth since our last blog in September.

Recruit, sound off at RecruitingBlogs

Since we last blogged about the RecruitingBlogs social network back in August, they’ve gained 4,000 members and an awesome new look.

They’re still rocking great content for recruiters and job-seekers, including a complete integrated job interface, video interviews with top names about how to be a leader in social media, and thoughts from veterans on subjects like firing clients and building relationships with hiring managers. To shore up on headhunting, RecruitingBlogs is the place to visit.

Find the masters of dunk at Team Flight Brothers

One of the most exciting parts of basketball is the slam-dunk, and the creators of the Team Flight Brothers social network love the dunk so much, they’ve started a dedicated dunking team.

Their members are masters of catching air, whether it’s with a 66-inch high jump or custom dunk mix tapes. They’ve also got plenty of heated opinions on who the world’s best dunker is, and they’ve got competitions and analyses for members to read up on.

The official fan network of Lacuna Coil

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Lacuna Coil fans should definitely pay a visit to Lacuna Coil Online. This social network is full of band content, including music videos, tour dates, and even fan cover videos.

The Network Creator is even giving missions to members with rewards including Lacuna Coil goodies and gift certificates. Mission 008, creating an original piece of Lacuna Coil art, just concluded with some sweet results, so check them out and then stop by for Mission 009.

Twitter geeks building a home at TweetGeek

Twitter is a great service for quick communications, and the members of the TweetGeek social network have gathered to indulge their Twitter love in a lengthier format.

They’ve shared cute and thought-provoking images, some personal thoughts on love, cultural history, and more. Of course, there’s still plenty of Twitter-centric content, too — TweetGeek will be happy to help you maximize your followers even as you surf the great content.

Local pet lovers converge online

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The Pussy & Pooch pet store in downtown Los Angeles runs a dedicated social network for local pet lovers.

They’ve used it to track store events like a holiday meeting of a full 35 Yorkshire Terriers, pet birthday parties, and more high-profile events for the neighborhood’s animal companions. You’re welcome to get involved. Meanwhile, be sure to enjoy the 1,300 photos of LA’s finest dogs and cats.

The Daily Kush heading to college

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Catch up with everyone’s favorite Jewish rapper, Asher Roth, on his social network, The Daily Kush.

Roth has a new single, “I Love College” and is appropriately sporting a John Belushi look on the header of his social network. In addition to a offering some of Roth’s best tracks, The Daily Kush includes a “day in the life” photo slideshow and the latest news about Roth.

Coming Next Week to Your Social Network on Ning!

As we’ve mentioned, we’re working hard on a number of changes that will soon be coming to your social network on Ning. Here are a few things currently scheduled to be released on Thursday, February 5th:

Redesigned Latest Activity Feature

The prominent placement of your social network’s Latest Activity feature is one of the best ways to keep your social network engaging and dynamic. We’ve rearchitected the back-end and updated the design and detail of activity items to make this feature even more compelling. Here’s a screenshot (click on the image for a closeup):

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Your new Latest Activity feature will utilize a brand-new set of icons, which we’re rolling out across your social network. Latest Activity feeds on profile pages, which previously had no icons or avatars, now have the same icon set shown on the Main page of your social network.

UPDATE: To ensure a smooth transition in updating your social network’s Latest Activity feed, we’ll be  rolling this change out over a period of days. We’ll keep Network Creators regularly updated about the status of this rollout.

Multiple Administrator Levels

Also with next week’s release, you will be able to create multiple levels of administrators to help manage your social network. You’ll be able to access this new feature by heading to the Manage page of your network and choosing Members. You’ll see an option to “Manage Roles.” You can create up to 20 new administrative roles for your members, mixing and matching as many permissions as you see fit:

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In addition to control over an entire feature, you can give a member the ability to administer a specific piece of content. This is great when you’ve got a big social network and a photo or a video is extremely popular. All you need to do is paste the URL of the content item when creating or editing the role.

Once you’ve created a role, you can now assign as many members to that role as you see fit on the Members page. With the help of these multiple administrator roles, it’s even easier to rely on members to help grow and run your social network on Ning.

New Settings Options

In this release, you’ll find an expanded set of privacy options on your Settings page. Using these settings, you’ll have more modular, precise control over which notifications you do and don’t receive.

Members will now also have the ability to decide whether to show their birthday, their birthday and age, or neither. Members who have left “Don’t display my age” checked in their settings will continue to have their age hidden, but they will now appear in your social network’s birthday feature.

Required Profile Photos

We’ve heard the request from a few of you to add the ability to require members to add a profile photo when joining your social network. While this may reduce the number of members who join your social network, you’ll have this option after next week’s release.

To set this up, go to your Manage page and choose Feature Controls. From there, choose the option to make the profile photo required.

Please drop us a note in the Ning Help Center if you have any questions about this release and we’re looking forward to your feedback!